NEWS RELEASES 2014-15 :: MARCH 2, 2015


March 2-6, 2015 is Students@Work Week

State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson joins Governor Pat McCrory in recognizing March 2-6 as Students@Work Week. The Students@Work initiative involves schools and businesses across North Carolina. It is focused on raising North Carolina’s graduation rate by helping middle school students connect what they are learning in class with the workplace.

Students@Work is a joint initiative between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education. This year’s program involves more than 100 businesses throughout the state and will impact approximately 22,500 students. Through the program, students have the opportunity to refurbish and assemble computers; participate in hands-on biotechnology experiments; take part in dynamic interactive activities that teach about healthcare, hospitality, finance and energy production; and experience assembly work in a manufacturing setting.

“Our state’s businesses are truly invested in the future of our students,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “Their involvement with Students@Work sends a powerful message to our young people about the importance of a good education and why it’s imperative that they stay in school.”

The Students@Work initiative centers its efforts around middle school students because middle school is a crucial time for dropout prevention. The program helps to emphasize future career options, as well as the importance of staying in school, before students enter the ninth grade.

For more information about Students@Work Week, visit

About the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE)
The North Carolina Business Committee for Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit comprised of business leaders from across the state. NCBCE is the leadership organization that connects businesses, educators, students and policy makers to support workforce development ensuring NC has a vibrant economy.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.